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Creative Writing Prompts

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Need an idea to help you get started writing? You’ll find hundreds of fun writing prompts here – perfect for beginning a new novel or short story, or simply giving your writing muscle a workout.

A Chance to Vent

Write a 20-line rhyming poem about something that really annoys you. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Misdialed Number

You’ve accidentally dialed the wrong phone number, but the person who answers sounds familiar. Immediately he/she recognizes you, but because made the call you’re too embarrassed to ask who it is. Using … Read more

Parents Just Don’t Understand

Write about a heated argument you had with your parents (real or fictitious). Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Unsettling Fast Food Conversation

You roll through your favorite fast-food drive-thru, order your usual and wait for the cashier to repeat it back to you. Only, he doesn’t repeat it. Instead, through the speaker, you hear … Read more

Swim Club Scare

You and a friend break into your neighborhood swim club late one night to go for an after-hours dip. While splashing around in the pool, you go into shock when a dead … Read more

Acceptance Speech

Poking fun at you, a relative gives you a dubious award at a family picnic (“Worst Horseshoe Player,” “Best Beer Holder,” etc.). In a twist, you accept the award and give a … Read more

Your Writing Tagline

M&M Candies “Melt in your mouth, not in your hands.” Miller Lite “Tastes great, less filling.” Describe yourself (or your writing) in ten words or fewer. Post your response (500 words or … Read more

You Can’t Name Your Baby That!

You and your spouse welcome a beautiful baby into your lives and, after going round and round on names, you choose one that’s very unusual. Write a scene where you announce the … Read more

Brian’s 4th of July Party

Your favorite newsletter editor Brian A. Klems hosted a 4th of July party for the WD staff, forum members and newsletter loyalists. It was all fun and games until one guest got … Read more

Making Your Bed

You forgot to make your bed this morning and your mom is on the prowl, ready to hand out punishment. In an effort to avoid grounding, make up an excuse (no matter … Read more


Write about someone you envy. Start your story with, “I wish I didn’t envy (fill in the blank) so much, but I can’t help it.” Post your response (500 words or less) … Read more

Your Monster Returns

When you were little, you could swear there was a monster under your bed–but no one believed you. On the eve of your 30th birthday, you hear noises coming from under your … Read more

Allergic Reaction

You find out you are highly allergic to something you love. Do you give it up (no matter how hard it is) or not (and deal with the consequences of the allergy)? … Read more

Neighbor + Pet = Bad News

Your neighbor has taken in an unusual pet and it does something unpleasant to your house/yard. Confront your neighbor. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

French Toast Fiasco

You wake up to the smell of sizzling French toast. You have to have some, but it’s coming from your neighbor’s house and the two of you aren’t on speaking terms. How … Read more

Birthday Celebration

If you could spend your birthday doing anything you wanted, what would it be and why? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Haunted House

You’ve recently purchased a new house. Upon your first full night there, you begin to hear noises but think nothing of it—until you see something that convinces you the house is haunted. … Read more

If You Could Be Someone Else

If you could morph into anyone (alive, dead, fictional, etc.), who would it be and why? Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Career in One Sentence

Sum up your writing career in one sentence. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Favorite Toy

What was your favorite toy as a child? Write a fond memory describing a time when you played with that toy. Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Better Than You

Write about a ridiculous competition you start with a friend (e.g., a mustache-growing competition, longest-fingernail challenge, etc.). Post your response (500 words or less) in the comments below.

Easter Bunny Ditches Eggs

After years of handing out dyed eggs, the Easter Bunny is in search of a new gift to give to kids. You’re a pitchman for a company who’s hoping to land the … Read more

Worst Pick-Up Line

Your friend tells you he can pick up any girl at the bar, no matter what he says. You bet him $100 he can’t. Create the world’s worst pick up line and … Read more

Traveling Pants

You drank a little too much green beer on St. Patrick’s Day and can’t remember the night. A friend calls to check up on you and fills you in on what happened—and why she has your pants. Read more

Nursery Rhyme

Rewrite a nursery rhyme (Three Blind Mice, Jack and Jill, etc.) from a character’s point of view. Read more

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